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Diving in to Protect Laguna’s Treasure

Diving in to Protect Laguna’s Treasure

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Jeremy Frimond’s love for the ocean spurred his professional and academic pursuits of the past seven years, dedicated to understanding the watery world and preparing himself for its service, both for the human and gill-breathing kind. “I’m a total water baby,” Frimond laughs. “I’ve never been farther away […]

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Village Matters: Is There Magic?

Village Matters: Is There Magic?

I dreaded the prospect of getting married, walking down that aisle. What if that man waiting for me at the altar was the wrong one?  “How will I know when I’ve met ‘the one,’ the person I’m destined to spend a lifetime with?” “You’ll know, you will feel the magic…” came the answer from those […]

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Musings on the Coast: The Midnight Surfer

Musings on the Coast: The Midnight Surfer

I keep having a dream I am on a body board and surfing the airwaves high above Laguna. I’ve been a surfer all my life and understand ocean waves.  The best are thin, steep ones that break in a collapsing line you skim across at great speed.   The worst are thick crunchers that burst out […]

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Laguna Shore Scene: Eyeballing a Whale's Eye

Laguna Shore Scene: Eyeballing a Whale’s Eye

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   The giant keyhole limpet shell (Megathura crenulata) was used as wampum by Laguna’s original residents. They found the five inch buff to white domed oval shells with an opening at the apex (a keyhole) in the water and washed up on beaches. The limpets, sometimes known as whale’s […]

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Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

Shore Scene: Starring in the Tidepools

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Due to its bright coloring and star shape, the ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) is one of the most beloved animals regularly seen along the Laguna coast. They live in ocean water of up to 300 feet deep but because they are tolerant of air exposure, they are […]

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Editor, I, like several others, worked on planning a village entrance long ago.  At that time it started out primarily to provide parking and reduce downtown congestion caused by cars circulating around town trying to find summer parking.  Of course now we are congested year round as the populations swelled in nearby towns. However, as […]

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Pact Allows More Airport Passengers

Pact Allows More Airport Passengers

Laguna Beach residents who daily wake to the sound of planes overhead just after 7 a.m. likely take little comfort in knowing that the onslaught could begin earlier. A curfew agreement, which stipulates take-off times no earlier than 7 a.m., is up for renewal and part of negotiations underway with John Wayne Airport, according to […]

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Turning on Untapped Local Power

Turning on Untapped Local Power

Editor, The permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant opens new opportunities for California’s green energy re-evolution. Nuclear power plants basically boil water for steam turbines and electrical energy production while creating a stockpile of radioactive material. Emerging fuel cell technology led by UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center can generate power directly […]

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Proposed View Rules Go Too Far

Proposed View Rules Go Too Far

Editor, If the proposed view ordinance passes we will turn Woods Cove into the Sawdust Festival South. The proposal states views are always king and that trees, even heritage trees, have to voluntarily genuflect or be decapitated. This policy is wrong. I just bought a home in lower Temple Hills. My primary ocean view is […]

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Weighing in for the ‘Silent Majority’

Weighing in for the ‘Silent Majority’

Editor, I moved to Laguna Beach 26 years ago taken by the overall striking beauty and nonconformity of the city. Surrounding cities, to me, were too uniform and manicured. I bought a house in South Laguna, in large part, because of the large pine tree in the front yard and a good view of the […]

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Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

Shore Scene: Spotting a Winged Carnivore

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Laguna Beach supports a large number of resident bird species and one of the more distinctive species sighted is the Brandt’s cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus).  Found only in North America, Brandt’s cormorants are marine birds that are mostly permanent residents of the Pacific coast and congregate in colonies on […]

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Shore Scene: Siting a Silvery Legend

Shore Scene: Siting a Silvery Legend

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler   Midnight grunion runs are part of California lore. Having a geographic range from the coastal waters of northern Baja California to most recently San Francisco, the California grunion (Leuresthes tenuis) are found most commonly off the coast of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The name is […]

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A Plea for Tree Preservation

A Plea for Tree Preservation

Editor, Judging by the letters to the editor, public feedback to the city council and other community commentary, the decision to kill a dozen mature, healthy and beautiful trees may have been a mistake. If the ficus trees were buckling the sidewalks, the eucalyptus probably are too. Those could all come down also. Then change […]

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Tracking Releases From Afar

Tracking Releases From Afar

Two recuperated sea lion pups equipped with expensive satellite tags to monitor their progress were returned to the sea and are faring well and foraging afar, officials at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center said this week. The tags, which cost from $1,700 to $3,000 apiece, track how far the sea mammals travel, how long […]

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Shore Scene: Burrowing Bug of the Beach

Shore Scene: Burrowing Bug of the Beach

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler Colored a light sandy gray with an oval shaped body, Pacific mole crabs (Emerita analoga) also called Pacific sand crabs are found in great abundance in Laguna Beach.  They are located in the exposed surf zone between the lowest and highest reach of the waves, buried in the shifting […]